The Charmed Wife

Jane’s Pick: The Charmed Wife by Olga Grushin At a glance, The Charmed Wife is a modern retelling of the Cinderella story. Cinderella and Prince Charming have now been married 13 years, and all is not so happily ever after. The Charmed Wife is such an unusual and original book and saying too much about…

Black Buck

Cori’s Pick:  Black Buck by Mateo Askaripour Mateo Askaripour’s Black Buck is why I love debut fiction.  It is brimming with energy and grit, and a very strong point of view.  Askaripour has an important message to deliver and this hilarious satire gets the job done. The book centers around twenty-two year old Darren who…

Eagle in the Snow

Bob’s Pick: Eagle in the Snow by Wallace Breem One of my most favorite genre of books is historical fiction. This book has been hailed as a classic and deservedly so in depicting military life during the fall of Rome’s Rhine frontier around 406 AD. The whole Western Roman Empire collapsed in 476 AD *….

Better Luck Next Time

Cori’s Pick:  Better Luck Next Time by Julia Claiborne Johnson Back in 2017 I reviewed Be Frank With Me, Julia Claiborne Johnson’s debut that was published in 2016, and it was one of my very favorite books that year.  And as all book lovers do, I have waited not-so-patiently for her next novel, and the…

Leave the World Behind

Jane’s Pick: Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam Leave the World Behind is a breathtaking book, and by that I mean I feel as if I can’t breathe right now as finish the last page. The author unfolds the narrative in a way that raised my anxiety, but, I swear – that is a…

Blackbird Volume 1

Rebecca’s Pick: Blackbird Volume 1 by Sam Humphries & Jen Bartel Nina Rodriguez is known affectionately to her family as “crazy baby.” Ever since the earthquake and the appearance of that magical beast, she’s believed fiercely in the existence of wizards. Paragons. Cabals. Cirques. Nina has scoured the online forums to discover the secrets of…

The Searcher

Rebecca’s Pick: The Searcher by Tana French Cal Hooper is a retired Chicago detective who, after a divorce from his wife, moved to the countryside of Ireland in search of peace – something he hasn’t experienced in a long time. He purchased a nice plot of land in the rural mountain town of Ardnakelty where…

Solutions and Other Problems

Natasha’s Pick: Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosh To say this book is an interesting one, isn’t doing it justice. To say that I only loved this book doesn’t even come close. It toes the lines of being a graphic novel and just being a book with lots of illustrations that it sits there with…

The Evening and the Morning

Bob’s Pick: The Evening and the Morning by Ken Follett When I started to read this book, I wondered why it was entitled “The Evening and the Morning” and not “The Morning and the Evening”. After reading the book, however, I feel that it could also have easily been called, “The Darkness before the Dawn”….

Fifty Words for Rain

Cori’s Pick: Fifty Words for Rain by Asha Lemmie In Asha Lemmie’s emotional and twisty debut, Nori Kamiza is a half-Black girl born illegitimately into a noble Japanese family in 1940.  The saga begins with Nori’s mother dropping her at the steps of her grandparents’ Kyoto estate.  From there, we learn that Nori’s dark skin…